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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, August 20. OSUToday is published on Monday and Thursday during the summer. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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OHIO STATE EARNS HIGH MARKS IN TWO NATIONAL SURVEYS

Ohio State has been recognized as one of the nation’s top public universities in two recently released national surveys. OSU is again ranked 19th among the nation’s top 50 public universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 edition of America’s Best Colleges released Friday (8/17). And Ohio State is rated 10th among national public institutions in the Washington Monthly College Guide, released Thursday (8/16). The third annual Washington Monthly College Guide, which measures what colleges are doing to benefit the country, rates Ohio State 12th in the nation and 10th among public institutions. Read More >


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NEW HEALTH PLAN CHOICES FOR 2008. Your Plan for Health is introducing new health plan options for benefit-eligible faculty and staff in 2008 - Your Health. Your Choices. Select the health plan that best meets your needs, choosing from four options. University Prime Care will continue to be offered as the core plan for 2008; other options will be new. Final details, including employee contribution rates, will be available in September before Open Enrollment. Contact: yourplanforhealth@hr.osu.edu


TWO YEARS AFTER KATRINA: HAVE WE MADE PROGRESS?

Listen as OSU faculty discuss their research and rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast. A panel discussion will take place from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday (8/29) in 190 Knowlton Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the City and Regional Planning program and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Light refreshments will be served. Faculty wishing to present their research should contact Angela Beer at beer.38@osu.edu or 247-7244.

REDMAN TO DISCUSS CAMPUS RECYCLING EFFORTS AUG. 27

Tina Redman, sustainability coordinator with Facilities and Development, will be speaking about the recycling programs that she has coordinated on campus and what we can do to recycle, during a Lunch and Learn program from noon-1 p.m. Monday (8/27) in Lincoln Tower, fifth floor. Contact: ward.228@osu.edu

ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE CONFERENCE AUG. 27

A one-day conference, Antimicrobial Resistance: Interface in Human and Animal Health, is planned for Monday (8/27) in the Wexner Auditorium at the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building. The $50 fee is waived for OSU faculty, staff and students but registration is required and encouraged before Monday (8/20). The conference is organized by the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Medicine. Read More >

DIGITAL UNION OFFERS SERIES OF TECHNOLOGY TUTORIALS

The Digital Union is inviting OSU students, faculty and staff to take part in Tech Two-A-Days, a series of hands-on technology tutorials featuring 15 workshops in eight days, from Friday (9/7)-Tuesday (9/18). Learn the newest tech tools for teaching, learning, and research at workshops on laptop security, blogs, wikis, web design, copyright, Carmen tools and more. Workshops are free but registration is required. Get details and register online

REGISTER NOW FOR FESTIVAL OF CARTOON ART

Registrations are currently being accepted for the ninth triennial Festival of Cartoon Art, to be held Friday (10/26)-Saturday (10/27) at the Columbus Renaissance Hotel. The event is organized by the OSU Cartoon Research Library. This year marks the centennial of the birth of master storyteller Milton Caniff, whose papers and art formed the founding collection of the Cartoon Research Library. Registration is $150 ($25 for students and seniors 65 and over). and includes admission to all presentations, the exhibit catalogue for Milton Caniff: American Master and School of Caniff, and more. Read More >

ENROLL BY AUG. 31 FOR AUTUMN CREDIT CLASSES THROUGH CED

Friday (8/31) is the last day that students and OSU employees can use the online Superform to apply for autumn 2007 Continuing Education domestic undergraduate admissions. Domestic admission is for U.S. residents, asylees, refugees, and permanent residents in possession of a green card for at least one year. Apply online. International students, Ohio State employees with visas, or permanent residents in possession of a green card for less than one year must use the international CEd application. After Friday (8/31), call CEd at 292-8860 for admission that will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact: heimlich.2@osu.edu or 292-8860

ATHLETICS GOOD STUFF SERVES UP LATEST OSU SPORTS NEWS

Did you know that the women’s tennis squad earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team distinction? Also, several OSU athletes earned medals recently at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read about these accomplishments and more in the latest Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff, published by OSU Athletics. Register to receive the weekly e-newsletter by contacting meyer.504@osu.edu, or read online at ohiostatebuckeyes.com each week.

RESEARCH ON RESEARCH SHOWCASE FEATURES SUMMER PROJECTS

Technology Enhanced Learning and Research will host the fourth annual Research on Research Faculty-Student Showcase from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday (8/21) in the Digital Union, located on the third floor of the Science and Engineering Library. The event is open to the public and features electronic poster sessions demonstrating the multimedia research ePortfolios created by faculty/student ePartnership teams funded by TELR's 2007 Research on Research grants program. The teams completed the work over the summer in the Digital Union. Read More >

ONLINE WORKSHOPS ADDRESS STRESS, RELATIONSHIPS AND MEN’S HEALTH

Faculty and staff seeking assistance in stress management, relationship skills and men’s health can now view workshops online. The three workshops, facilitated by counselors and staff from the University Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, run less than an hour each and count for points toward the 2007 Faculty and Staff Incentive Program. For further assistance in these and other areas, contact UFSAP at 292-4472 or (800) 678-6265 or visit www.osumhcs.com/UFSAP/.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS OFFERS FREE WEEK

Faculty and staff with a valid university ID are invited to use the recreational facilities for free from today (8/20)-Sunday (8/26). This is the perfect opportunity to go for a swim in the RPAC Aquatic Center and enjoy family hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Register at the RPAC Welcome Center or Adventure Recreation Center. For more information, call 292-7671 or visit www.recsports.osu.edu

CAMPUS AREA BLOOD DRIVES SCHEDULED

Blood drives have been scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for the following dates and locations: today (8/20), 17th and College Road; Tuesday (8/21), College of Engineering; Wednesday (8/22), College of Medicine; and Tuesday (8/28) Wexner Center. Donors will receive an $8 discount coupon to Cedar Point and will also be entered into a drawing for a six-month car lease. Schedule an appointment online (sponsor code: buckeyes) or call (800) GIVE-LIFE.

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